Lisenby, Sugano shine in spring SFU game

LORETTO — Brandan Lisenby caught a late 28-yard touchdown pass and the White Team made two “splash” plays late to complete a 26-25 comeback win over the Red Team in the annual Spring Game held at DeGol Field.

Saturday’s game rewarded “splash plays” with offense being rewarded for plays over 12 yards and the defense being rewarded points for stops, sacks and takeaways.

Lisenby’s late TD grab gave him five catches for 76 yards and the late touchdown to earn the Offensive MVP award. On the defense, sophomore Yosuke Sugano earned the Defensive MVP award, getting credited with 2.5 sacks and a forced fumble.

“Both guys have worked tremendously hard, not just this spring, but since they got here,” Saint Francis coach Chris Villarrial said. “We tried to put everyone in difficult situations today, and it was nice to see them respond to those challenges, they certainly earned those awards (Saturday).”

Redshirt sophomore Jason Brown led the passing attack on the day, going 11-for-18 for 143 yards and two touchdowns, both coming in the second half of play. Brown hooked up with EJ Jenkins for the first score on a 5-yard fade route where Jenkins made an acrobatic catch in the corner of the end zone. Jenkins finished the day with two grabs for 37 yards and the touchdown.

“Jason (Brown) did some nice things today and did some things that we will have to clean up,” Villarrial said. “But that’s what you expect for a spring game, the good news is that we get a lot of tape that we can go through, let him see things, break things down and learn from them.”

The running game was headlined by four backs Saturday, led by Joel Denley who had four carries for 35 yards and the game’s long rush of 23. Freshman Chris Wells added four carries for 29 yards while Derrick Wiley added four for 20 and Avery Miliner added five touches for 13 yards.

Defensively, Kane Piroch proved that he has adjusted nicely to the move from defensive end to edge rusher, posting three tackles, two for loss and a sack, and Mark Conrad, a Bishop Guilfoyle graduate, had a pair of passes defended to go along with three tackles.

The spring game closes out the 2019 spring practice season.